Glimmer of Happiness


Happy Monday!

I was just reading through the new comments on yesterday’s ‘life question’– what a great way to start the week. I am constantly inspired by the journey that you share with me on the blog!

I also appreciated that some of you voiced your honest opinion of the book. Some of you said that you couldn’t get through the book and you didn’t like how the tone/message changed after Italy. I got about 1/3 of the way through the India book last night and I did notice a shift. The tone got more serious and Elizabeth really delved into meditation, yoga and the history behind it. While I did find a couple parts have been slow in India, I found the part about where she struggles with meditation absolutely captivating as I have struggled with meditation and quieting my mind for a long time. I found that I was taking a few notes for myself and I hope to re-visit meditation in my own life (I will blog about it!). It will be interesting to see how my opinion of the book changes as I read through India and Bali. I hope I will enjoy it!

I told you last night that I would be sharing with you this fun raw cookie recipe that I made yesterday! They are so yummy, I hope you will enjoy them as well.


Raw Energy Cookie Bites

Inspired by That’s’s Raw Seed Cookies.


  • 1/4 cup of almonds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 9 medjool dates, pitted
  • 4-5 dried apricots, chopped
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs 
  • 1/2 tbsp pepita seeds (pumpkin seeds)
  • Pinch or two of sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


Directions: Place pitted dates and almonds into a food processor and process until the mixture is ground up. You can leave a few larger pieces if you prefer. Remove mixture from the processor and place into a medium sized bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well with your hands. Form into mini cookies or balls. Makes 8 mini cookies.

Nutritional information (per mini cookie): 136 calories, 4 grams fibre, 5 grams fat, 2 grams protein.

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I am in love with these mini energy cookies! So delicious and packed with so many healthy foods.


You can also double the recipe and pop them in the freezer for quick snacks!


Here is another quote that I loved from Eat Pray Love, page 115. Elizabeth is talking about pleasure and how our society typically feels guilty for pursuing pleasure in our lives. In this quote she speaks to a ‘glimmer of happiness’ that she started to feel after being in a deep depression for a couple years. She was on the path to ‘mending her soul’.

“It was in a bathtub back in New York, reading Italian words aloud from a dictionary, that I first started mending my soul. My life had gone to bits and I was so unrecognizable to myself that I probably couldn’t have picked me out from a police line-up. But I felt a glimmer of happiness when I started studying Italian, and when you sense a faint potentiality for happiness after such dark times you must grab onto the ankles of that happiness and not let go until it drags you face-first out of the dirt– this is not selfishness, but obligation. You were given life; it is your duty (and also your entitlement as a human being) to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight.

I came to Italy pinched and thin. I did not know yet what I deserved. I still maybe don’t know fully what I deserve. But I do know that I have collected myself of late- through the enjoyment of harmless pleasures- into somebody more intact. The easiest, most fundamentally human way to say it is that I have put on weight. I exist more now than I did four months ago. I will leave Italy noticeably bigger than when I arrived here. And I will leave with the hope and the expansion of one person- the magnification of one life- is indeed an act of worth in this world. Even if that life, just this one time, happens to be nobody’s but my own.”

I thought that was one of the more powerful quotes in the book so far. I absolutely loved this quote ‘you must grab onto the ankles of that happiness and not let go until it drags you face-first out of the dirt’ it gave me such a great visual and helped me understand her sentiment. I also agree that sometimes happiness comes from the little things in life. I think many of us get overwhelmed by assuming that we need to do all of these huge and crazy changes to be happy, but sometimes happiness comes from a small decision to just pursue something that you enjoy- even if it has no practical purpose.

For me, my glimmer of happiness was starting Oh She Glows. On October 31, 2008, I started Oh She Glows. It was one of the most difficult times of my life and I was struggling with my career and graduate school. I was depressed and I cried in bed so many nights. The blog was my glimmer of hope each day- a distraction from the unhappiness that I felt with my career choice. It was something so simple as writing a few words each day and hoping for that connection with others to help guide me though.

Little did I know that something as simple as writing a blog would have been the thing that gave me the courage, confidence, and desire to seek out happiness, not just for a few moments every day, but for my entire day. Sometimes, these little glimmers of happiness can be the seeds for amazing change and transformation in our lives.

I also loved her analogy about ‘putting on weight’. When Elizabeth went through her divorce she lost about 25-30 pounds and was skeletal. Putting on weight was not just a representation that she was getting healthier, but it was a metaphor for the growth that was happening on the inside of her as well. I thought it was so interesting because so many women denote weight gain with a negative emotion or loss of control, but sometimes weight gain represents a time in your life when you are enjoying the pleasures of life and just…happy.

I appreciate hearing your own thoughts on this quote…Do you have any ‘glimmers of hope’ in your life right now? Have you ever experienced any small pleasurable activity that got you though a difficult time, like the blog did for me? Are there things in your life that you could do to create these small bits of happiness in your day?

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1 L July 19, 2010

I’m struggling to find my glimmer of hope, and trying not to give up. If I do have a glimmer of hope, it’s knowing that such beautiful, kind, intelligent and happy people like yourself were once engulfed by the dark depression monster, too. You give me hope…


2 Stefani July 19, 2010


Sometimes hope is all we have. I don’t know what you’re going through, but there are always people around who have been in similar situations who have found the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s not easy when it only looks like a flame on a candle, but I think eventually the light gets bigger. I struggle with good and bad days and it just helps to know that people care about me, whether they’re friends, family, or strangers.


3 L July 19, 2010

Stefani –

Thanks for your supportive words. My biggest struggle is having the courage to neglect keeping up with what society deems I should be and start realizing my own passions and “glimmers of happiness.” I find flickers of your “candle flame” right before I get tossed out into long hours of work, commute, and other daily monotonous tasks.

But, what I need to keep reiterating to myself — is how many fabulous people such as yourself, Angela and many of the other ladies following this blog have been there or are there. We can pull through together. There is so much this life can offer — and I look forward to the day I’m brave enough to let myself enjoy it.

Thanks, again, for your caring thoughts.


4 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2010

Hi L and Stefani, thank you both for sharing and being so supportive of one another! It really made me happy to see these encouraging comments. L, I wish you all the best with your own discovery. Just chip away at it one day at a time.


5 Gypsy July 19, 2010

I love when happiness surprises us. Last night my fiance and I were thrown a surprise engagement party. It’s such an amazing feeling to know how much your friends love and support you. We felt so shocked that they came together like that and planned the whole thing – something to honor us. In a way we felt a little embarrassed – isn’t that funny?


6 Lizzie July 19, 2010

I love this comment. One of the funniest wedding stories I ever heard was from my boss. A good friend invited him to a party he and his girlfriend were having and insisted that he come. The night of the party he decided he was too tired and would rather hang out on the couch. Turns out the surprise was on all of the guests – the couple were actually getting married at the party! His friend still gives him heaps about it to this day. What a fun surprise for you guys and how great that you have family and friends who would do something like that.


7 Jaya July 19, 2010

Angela, great question! Honestly, hope has come to be a permanent fixture in my mind and life, ever since I undertook the difficult and necessary work of learning to love myself. I know it sounds corny, but hope is much more tangible and sustainable when it comes from within (as opposed to seeking it out in exogenous forms). Sometimes reading books and hearing songs seems to get the hope flowing – so to speak – but I consider hope as essential an ingredient to healthy living as good food or clean water. I can’t wait to read some more of the responses!


8 Gail July 19, 2010

I LOVE your comment! It is so true, you have to really get deep down inside yourself and accept and love who you are. There is never going to be the perfect you (thinner, more successful, etc) those things are superficial and really will not bring you happiness. I’ve had to struggle with this myself, and I’ve had to really work at accepting who I am today.


9 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2010

I couldn’t agree more. Thank you for sharing!


10 Drake July 19, 2010

I started to find my glimmer of hope about a year ago. My parents divorced just before I left for university, and I spiraled into a depression for my first two years of school that I only realize the extent of now that I’m out of it. I was apathetic, angry, stressed, sad, and much heavier than I wanted to be.

I think that in the way that putting on weight helped Elizabeth, taking off weight helped me. I learned how to let go of all of the negativity, pain, and anger I was loading myself down with while at the same time I was literally removing weight from myself. About a year and a half ago, at the beginning of my third year at university, I think something just clicked for me. I realized that I was selling myself short, and that I was the only person in control of my future. I was lucky enough to have amazing people in my life who gave me unending support and encouragement, but it wasn’t until I claimed happiness for myself that any real changes were made. Once I made the shift, weight started coming off, my grades went up with my spirits, and I started feeling light again, both literally and figuratively.

I just graduated from university in June, and although I’m taking a detour at home to take my GRE’s and apply to grad school, I’ve never felt happier or more in control of my future. It’s so great to read blogs like yours – you’re so inspiring and it’s wonderful to hear how others have successfully claimed their lives. Thank you for sharing yourself with us!


11 Lauren M. July 19, 2010

I feel like we are in a book club now because I am at just about the same spot in the book as you are. I just read this part two days ago. I really loved reading through Italy and I didn’t think I would be able to connect much with India and Bali, but so far India has been really moving to me and many of the things she shares are things that I have felt or have been feeling. This quote really touched me and I truly understand her feelings here. I think my glimmer of hope is my little one bedroom studio guesthouse that I’m living in. I know it sounds odd, but I love it because it’s mine. It’s where I can escape to after a rough day. I can be alone or I can have a friend over. I can cook all night long and not disturb anyone. I can play loud music and dance around for no one to see but myself. But the best part of it is that, when I don’t want to be alone, my family and friends are only a few miles away, and they are my other glimmer of happiness.


12 Camille July 19, 2010

My glimmer of hope right now is that I am moving next month. I have lived in San Diego my entire life (minus one year away at school) and I have never liked it. My boyfriend and I decided we were ready to get out of here so I did some research and am now transferring to a school in Oregon. We are leaving at the end of August and it seems that everything is just leading up to the day where we leave!
For small amounts of hope and happiness in my day, I look to my kitten. Yep, I am a crazy cat lady! She is about 3 1/2 months old and so full of love and happiness. It makes me so happy to have her snuggle up against me, I can really feel the love and devotion. She is the first pet I have ever raised from a baby and it is so much more rewarding than I could have ever imagined! She does as much for me as I do for her.


13 Stefani July 19, 2010

Never underestimate the power of pets! Somedays the only thing that keeps me going is knowing I get to come home to 3 hairy little creatures that love me no matter what I look like and can’t wait to stick their little doggie tongues up my nose!


14 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2010

Animals are pure joy and love to me as well.


15 Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana July 19, 2010

Yes, the book does shift through the 3 sections and because Italy was so “fun” we want to hold onto that, but this book is about her life and the transformations so inevitably the moods and tones will ebb and flow like a tide. There is still humor, but more contemplation. Bali has a whole different voice yet. You’ll get annoyed with her, love her, respect her, get frustrated with her and tell her to go back to Italy. But in the end, the book becomes a gift. A gift to you to be all of those things she goes through and all of the things that make you unique on your own journey with various moods and tones.


16 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2010

Wow what an awesome comment! You summed it up so well. Thanks :)


17 Therese July 19, 2010

I’ve struggled with meditation myself and was really upset when I came to realize that I wouldn’t be able to stay with the Zen Centre I had been frequenting due to time constraints. Going to the Centre every week, I was taught so much about quieting the mind and honouring the present. I think people get too preoccupied with “not doing it right” but no one, absolutely no one, can quiet their mind right off the bat. It’s just like any other exercise, consistency and practice are the way to go. Be diligent in practice and after a while, although you will still have to work to quiet the mind, you’ll be able to quiet it for longer and longer periods of time.

I think being in the kitchen is my glimmer of hope. I never thought I’d say that and even now, when it popped into my head, it surprised me but it’s true. I don’t HAVE to cook the meals I do, I can just as easily make quick meals that take no thought but I enjoy the time I have in the kitchen. When I have a few extra hours to myself (so rare these days) I immediately figure out what I want to make in the kitchen. I may not be the world’s greatest cook/baker but I love making food from scratch. It offers me time to create, to make something that others enjoy as well as myself and to unwind. It consistently reminds me that there *is* time to do something so simple as cook a meal and make it amazing.


18 gail July 19, 2010

I’ve just started picking meditation back up and what a difference I feel! I agree, there’s no “right way” to meditate and it takes a lot of practice. I can only do it for about 4 minutes and then I get antsy. There are days where I’ll attempt it and my mind keeps wandering to what I have to do that day. But even if I only meditate for a minute, it seems to make a world of difference. I found too that when I do start getting into the swing of things, I can ease my mind down in a stressful situation. This is sort of weird, but if I’m stressed at work, the only quiet place is the restroom, so I go in a stall and just sit quietly for about a minute with my eyes closed and focus on my breathing (hopefully there’s no smell in there!). It really helps center me.


19 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2010

I used to escape the the bathroom or sometimes the stairwell at work for a moment to myself. Im glad I am not the only one!


20 Jessica @ How Sweet July 19, 2010

The cookies look so good! Do they taste like only dates? I don’t mind dates but I hate that Larabars only really taste that way…to me at least. :)


21 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2010

They do taste a lot like dates!


22 Heather (Heather's Dish) July 19, 2010

i’m totally making my own glimmers of hope right now, but it’s coming right along! i would say that finally being able to write again has been huge for me. that and learning to love my camera. those things make me happy and excited about the future, which is something i lost for a while there!

also, if you don’t have chia seeds could you sub flax seeds instead?


23 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2010

Oh yes I am sure you could!


24 AGS July 19, 2010

Most of my “glimmers of happiness” come from flying (flight lessons). After each lesson, I feel rejuvenated, excited, tired (in a good way), proud. . . but the effort required to maintain lessons in the course of a hectic life schedule is tremendous. I have to remind myself over and over of my personal goals, loves, and interests – else the pace of the rest of my life overwhelms the brief exuberant moments.


25 Charlie July 19, 2010

I find that hen going through a rough time, it can be really hard to have hope that things will get better. But just one small good thing can make you see that the future can be better.

When I got kicked out of my house in October (my mother had a new alcoholic boyfriend and changes a lot), it was very difficult for me to find some way to be happy. I think it takes time to adapt to a new situation, but it is always possible to find some good aspects to a new situation. I was actually more depressed living with two alcoholic parents than by my own and I see that now. And I still have hope that the future will be better for her too.


26 AGS July 19, 2010

I’m sorry to hear of this difficult situation you are in. I hope that you are able to find bits of happiness — and of wholeness — as you move forward! Hugs.


27 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2010

I too am sorry to hear of what you are going through, my heart goes out to you and I hope that things improve for you. Keep the faith!


28 Amanda July 19, 2010

I’ve been reading your blog for the past month and I just want to say what an inspiration you have been to me. I have been struggling with many of the same health issues you struggled with and it’s been refreshing to read you stories of how you turned things around. I am just at the start of my journey to live a healthier and happier lifestyle and your stories give me such strength so thank you!


29 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2010

Thank you Amanda :)


30 Cecilia July 19, 2010

I have had a very difficult spring and early summer where both of my parent have been diagnosed with illnesses, but for once I didn’t keep all of this to myself like I usually do, I shared it with my friends and was met with such an outpouring of love and support that it almost makes it hard to breathe when I think about it, because it really took me by surprised how much love there was set aside for me. And if all of that love exists for me, then think about how much love there must be in the entire world? That, right there, is a glimmer of hope for me.


31 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2010

That is a great way of looking at it. It reminds me of a quote from the EPL book where Elizabeth comments that she was technically ‘alone’ on New Years Eve (in India) for the first time in her life, but she certainly did not feel alone being surrounded by all of the ‘strangers’ at the Ashram.


32 Rhea (Greek Feaster) July 19, 2010

Thanks for sharing the excerpts from EPL- I had no interest in reading it, previously, but I think I’ll check it out now!
Also, those energy bites are right up my alley. I would make them into a sammich with nut butter in the middle! Can’t wait to try ’em


33 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2010

mmm nut butter I didnt think to add that!


34 Brie @ Brie Fit July 19, 2010

I’m struggling right now, too. My glimmer of happiness is knowing I’ll be able to go home in two weeks. We live far away from my family and friends, and I’m so lonely where we live now. We’ll hopefully be moving back for good in a year or two, but I try to hold on to the little things–emails from friends, trying to recreate foods I love–to pull me through.

I have this vision right now of us, two years from now, buying a home close to family and friends, getting another dog, maybe trying for a baby–and I’m so anxious to get to that point, it’s hard to enjoy what I have now. I don’t really have a solution, I just try to grasp whatever I can that makes me happy these days and hang on for dear life. Thank God I have a wonderful husband and animals that make me smile!


35 Anya July 19, 2010

What a great quote. You’ve been posting so many inspirational things lately, thanks a lot! They really put many minimal “problems” into a greater perspective.

I think it is very important to see happiness and joy in even the slightest of things. I often let go of my worries even while I walk to work (the irony) and listen to the trees’ rustle and tweeting birds. Cooking also helps me mend my soul when things aren’t going right or I’m not feeling well–it’s like I’m taking the time to create little bits of nutrition for myself so I can nourish my body. Maybe I should try and have more moments like this, only with myself, just to let go of everything and *be*.


36 Ilana July 19, 2010

I haven’t read the book yet and I’m worried I’m not going to like it because I’m not really the kind of person who loves “popular” books, I’m more a classic literature nerd, but I am enjoying your impressions. That section you posted resonates with me as well. I’ve dealt with depression my entire life and in recent years it’s become so bad that I literally could not ever be happy in my own environment – I always needed to get out, chase new things and new adventures (you know, wanderlust), and every time I came back home I would crash and burn and be lower than before. The worst was this past September; I’d just returned from spending 7 weeks in Thailand and I felt completely at a loss, rootless, directionless… A few weeks into this period of lethargy I decided to go to a Pilates class for my first time and I fell in love. Most days it was the absolute best part of my day, and I started going 4 or 5 days a week. Everything else was just miserable. Eventually I started to fall more and more in love with Pilates and realized it was a direction I absolutely would love to go with my life, and that changed everything. I felt like I woke up. My life was SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT, and only because I would go to Pilates every day because it made me feel good. It’s only been about four or five months since that revelation but I feel like a completely different person from who I used to be.

As far as meditation, I think different people meditate differently. Some people really respond well to deep relaxation and calm, others (like me) find zen in absolute chaos and noise. I do my best ‘meditation’ when I’m surrounded by noise and people, or when I’m in the kitchen baking. I don’t think meditation always has to be “sitting silently and delving deep into the mind.


37 Elli @ 16 and Losing It July 19, 2010

I love that quote! I haven’t Read Eat Pray Love but after reading that passage I really want to.

For me my “glimmers of happiness” are cooking and exercising. They may not be all that original but they make me happy. When I’m in the kitchen and I make something I cam totally from my head not a recipe. In the kitchen you follow your own rules, if you don’t lie cilantro you just leave it out, if you think some lemon juice would brighten up your dish you put it in. Its your dish, you kitchen, you stomach, and your tongue and that’s all that matters. And I love making something and then seeing the happiness it brings my mom (my only tester) when she eats it and cannot stop telling me how good it is!

Exercise is different but the same in many ways too. Its not always as joyful as cooking. Sometimes I’m hot, or tired, or I just feel lazy, but the fact that I normally still get myself up and go for my run or go to kickboxing despite how I am feeling makes me proud. And there is nothing like the feeling of an amazing workout. The kind that wipes away all the stress of whatever else happened that day or whatever could happen. When you feel like you could fly because your body feel powerful and strong. That feeling is definitely a feeling that nothing can replace. Or when you finish a particularly hard workout and are amazed at hoe much farther you pushed yourself than you even thought possible. Exercise has taught me so much about my body and myself and the confidence it has brought me is irreplaceable, and makes me so happy.


38 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 19, 2010

The weight gain really depends on the person. A different woman may gain 25-30lb of weight during her divorce because of stress eating. In that case, her weight gain would be just as unhealthy as Elizabeth’s weight loss.


39 Susan July 19, 2010

I just finished reading Eat, Pray, Love!!! I’m loving the discussion going on here around it. I’m in a transitional stage of discovery myself, so the book particularly spoke to me.

I think my “glimmer of hope” was quitting my job. I was so depressed last fall living in Fredericton that I cried daily, couldn’t sleep, and started looking into counselling. Talking to my mom one evening, she told me to pick an end date for my job and follow through. The next day I gave my notice to my boss, and my life has improved daily ever since. Last night I sat around with a group of amazing people in a friend’s backyard here in Toronto and I couldn’t help but smile. My life is the complete opposite now from what it used to be and I finally feel like I’m ME again. I think moving to Toronto was one of the best decisions I’ve made :)


40 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2010

I love this comment..thank you for sharing your story! I am so happy that you had the courage to turn things around (and very happy to have you nearby!)


41 Therese July 19, 2010

Stick with it… Bali is fun and light again! All three sections are amazing for different reasons.


42 Halley July 19, 2010

My glimmer of happiness started when I found your blog! It has inspired me so much to pursue a healthful lifestyle that I love! Now, I have been enlightened to an entire blogging-learning community dedicated to doing the best for ourselves and our bodies- with an emphasis on my most favorite thing: FOOD! Everyday is an exciting challenge to learn more and do the best I can to keep moving forward. I am thankful for what you have shared with us all along your journey, and for the extra spark that it has lit for mine.


43 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2010

Aww thanks!


44 Danica July 19, 2010

I LOVE how every time I read your site, you have a way of inspiring me :) Thanks for that!

Now those cookies ~ WOW! They look completely amazing ~ I LOVE how you can see all the healthy goodies in them….YUM! Must try :)

Have an awesome day A!


45 Astrid July 19, 2010

My glimmer of happiness is painting and seeing what appears on the canvas. It reminds me that I am strong enough to create beauty in my life. Cooking and baking bring me happiness as well. Studying yoga is also giving me passion back in my life in a physical way. I appreciate my body and my mind at the same time. I hope that one day I can truly find balance in my life and stop feeling so miserable about certain things!


46 Jessica @ Give Away One Thing A Day July 19, 2010

My “glimmer of hope” right now is a blog I have just started with the goal of “living lighter, one day at a time” — by giving away one item every day, both on the blog and to charity.

Much like how you felt when you started OSG, I have become so unhappy with my life and need something positive to look forward to. I hope that through the act of giving away something every single day that I will be reminded of what is truly important in life — not “things,” but people, experiences, and memories.

We’ll see where this journey takes me!


47 Laura (B Foxy Fitness) July 19, 2010

Hi There! I’m new to your blog, but I love it already! Such positivity and inspiration in this little slice of the web! :)

My “glimmer of hope” is teaching. Whether it’s teaching group fitness or teaching public speaking to college freshman, the ability to share knowledge and challenge others to see, feel, or think differently about something is so compelling and rewarding. Seeing that “ah-ha” moment on someone’s face is the highlight of my day. In return, my students and group fitness participants also challenge and inspire me in so many different ways. I’ll never be fabulously rich or famous being a teacher, but I go to work everyday knowing that I will definitely make a difference.

Like yourself, blogging has also become a glimmer of hope for me. Being able to express myself freely and creatively, and also having the privilege to connect with so many other inspirational people through their blogs is an empowering experience. I’m slowly re-discovering the creativity in me that was suppressed through the 100-page academic grad school papers I wrote for two years, and I’m loving every minute. Thank you for this post–and awesome question! I can’t wait to read more on your blog!


48 Jessica @ Jessica Balances July 19, 2010

I love that you are reading Eat, Pray, Love – I read it a little over a year ago and it seriously changed my life. I think it’s an AMAZING book, regardless of where you find yourself in life. I happened to read it while I was recovering from a terrible breakup and it helped me to realize that life DOES go on… Ultimately, I found hope and inspiration in Elizabeth’s story. :)


49 Jennifer July 19, 2010

Thank YOU for being a glimmer for me everyday! Each day I pick up a new recipe or a new tip or just one new ingredient for my GM. I just hope you know you give that glimmer to so many of us each day! (and I’m lovin my Breville!!)


50 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2010

Thank you jennifer :)


51 Pam July 19, 2010

Thanks so much for sharing the truth about the emotional struggles you’ve been through with your career, etc. That in itself gives me a glimmer of hope. I got a degree in psychology, but in retrospect it wasn’t “me,” and I never did use it. I’ve been a mom for 15 years, and struggle with so many issues of self-worth. I’m trying to overcome the feeling that my worth is measured by the money I bring in. I can’t seem to shake that. I am experimenting with a blog, and finding my voice, and breaking out of the insecurities of allowing myself to be me. So that is my little glimmer of hope at the moment. I enjoy going back to read your earlier entries, and seeing how much you’ve grown, and it makes me realize what is possible on this journey.


52 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2010

Pam I can relate to this a lot too ” I’m trying to overcome the feeling that my worth is measured by the money I bring in.”
I decided my entire university career based on what title I would have afterwards and how much money I would make. I even researched the top paying psychology fields and wanted to do the highest paying one! Now that I look back on it, it is silly. When you are happy, you will find a way to make the money come in some form or another. When you are depressed, no amount of money matters.


53 Maissa July 19, 2010

I have to say the India section of eat, pray, love was one of my favorites. I thought it was really where she got all the work done. It isn’t as playful because what she had to go through wasn’t playful. Italy freed her and India healed her, or at least thats how I saw it. To everyone out there struggling with the India bit, i say stick through it because what she manages to overcome and find within herselfmis truly inspiring.

I am currently in the mddlemof am fairly major lufentransition, the I graduated university with an arts degree, now what dilemma. It is scary, and it has me a bit panicked, but my glimmer if hope is that I have everything else I want in my life. Anwonderful boyfriend, a city I consider home, I have my running, dedicatinvto health, and love for food. Direction will come,eventually, I just have to let it unfold. As Steve Jobs (CEO of apple) famously said, ‘you can only connect the dots backwards, not forwards.’ so I guess my final glimmer is the knowledge that someday I will look back on this time and understand how everything I did took me somewhere new.


54 Massa July 19, 2010

Whoops the first sentence of the second paragraph is supposed to read: i am currently in the middle of a fairly major life transition.


55 Stefani July 19, 2010

LOL. So, that wasn’t German for something? :-)


56 Maissa July 19, 2010

Haha, no. It’s just my inability to properly use my iPad keyboard. I always hit m instead of the space key.


57 Fallon July 19, 2010

MMM Now I have to try these cookies!!! I just posted on my blog about your in a jiffy curry chickpea burgers. They were delicious!


58 christina cadden July 19, 2010

I will have to try that cookie recipe. It looks so good!


59 Mellissa July 19, 2010

Love the discussion but did not love the book! The movie should be interesting to see.

My glimmer of hope- A calendar always helps me. It sounds strange but even in my most stressful times having events on the calendar that I know I will enjoy help me get through them. During grad school it was trips and now it is trips and food events!


60 Ashley July 19, 2010

This is perfect. I quit my miserable job last week after being bullied and abused simply for doing my job and doing it well. I have no other job prospects, and I’m writing this from the couch in my parents’ house.
However, you know what? I’m feeling better. I put on my running shoes for the first time in 9 months and suffered through two long miles, part of which involved me bawling my eyes out. I baked this morning. I got accepted into a school to completely change my career. I withdrew from the grad program I was accepted to in December. I’m going to do what I feel I was meant to do, so help me.
I don’t know. Maybe I’ve just flipped out from all the stress, but for the first time in my life I have no plans, and I feel like I’m right where I should be. And so I guess my ‘glimmer of happiness’ is having a feeling of hope and possibility once again.


61 Stefani July 19, 2010

Congratulations! That was a big decision. I would love to do the same thing if I had the means.


62 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2010

Wow this comment gave me chills…chills of happiness for you. :) Way to go! You will never regret following your heart.


63 Ashley July 19, 2010

Thanks you guys! I still can’t believe I quit, but I already feel like myself again. I read your history and saw that you made a major change, and reading your blog makes me feel better about a (sometimes) scary time. However, I figure if I’m going to run myself into the ground working, I might as well be doing something I love!


64 Charlotte July 19, 2010

Baking is something that always brings a smile to my face. When times are tough baking or cooking with my husband seems to make everything better. Right now I have a glimmer of hope of finally getting to open a coffee shop bakery which I have been dreaming about doing for 8 years. Luckily my husband is pushing me through my fears so I no longer can find a reason to put of what makes me happy.


65 Alyssa @ bride to be fit July 19, 2010

When I was going through a tough time in my life, the one thing that gave me that glitter of happiness was a hug from my 3 year old niece. It just made my heart come alive again! :)


66 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2010

Awww love that!


67 Michal July 19, 2010

This was hard for me to read and think about because I’m still struggling to find sustainable glimmers. Even when I find something outside to be a glimmer, it’s very easy to start resenting the time I’m in the stressful environment unable to be out doing those things – like cooking, or running+yoga, or escaping into a book. So I’ve tried to find glimmers inside the stressful environment – things to laugh at, small achievements to look forward to – but I know it’s not a sustainable situation.


68 Kris July 19, 2010

I find all the discussion and comments interesting. I just plain did not enjoy the book. I liked the Italy section the best, having traveled there (and thoroughly enjoyed the food), but the rest of the book just did not resonate with me. And, if I only saw a glimmer of happiness each day, that wouldn’t be enough. I wake up every morning looking forward to what the day will bring. I just try to appreciate the many blessings I have, because I know I don’t struggle nearly as much people struggling with poverty, disease, hunger, etc. Every day I am very fortunate.


69 Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 19, 2010

Spending time with my friends and family are my glimmers of hope. When things are tough it is comforting to know that there are people who really love you and would do anything for you. Simply being with them is often enough to pull me out of any funks.


70 tanyadaily July 19, 2010

I get them all the time!


71 Sarah July 19, 2010

My glimmer of hope often comes from the love from my family and friends especially my mother. Through the ups and the downs, my mother (as the rest of my family and friends) have provided wisdom and hope that the tough times are only temporary. My mother is a firm believer in tough love too which forces me to face the truth even when I want to hide behind my fears and negativity. Without those people in my life, I honestly do not know where I’d find those glimmers of hope. Hopefully one day I can find a glimmer of hope within me :)


72 [email protected] knackfornutrition July 19, 2010

I feel the same way about my blog. I started it at a time when everything seemed to be changing around me. My blog provided a constant and a way for me to interpret and analyze all that was going on around me. 7 months later, as I am about to embark on my last semester of college, I realize how much my little website means to me. I have taken a leap of faith with it by purchasing my domain and trying to get serious with it. I have no idea what is going to come after December, but I do know I will be there to blog about it. :)


73 Amy @, a.musing July 19, 2010

I talked about it in my most recent blog post on Friday ( – how satisfying your soul doesn’t have to take an enormous amount of time. I also believe in Hemingway’s quote, “Never mistake motion for action.” There’s a difference between being busy and going round and round in circles, and actually taking action steps that move you in the direction of your dreams, even if that dream is simply happiness. Taking those steps is what gives me hope (and it gives me a lot of it too!). It gives me courage and strength and faith in myself. Knowing that I’m actually “going somewhere” and not just on a merry-go-round of responsibility and monotony for the rest of my life. Giving myself permission to live my life the way I feel guided to is something I’m still working on but that has made such a huge difference for me so far. Sometimes, I can’t believe I ever wanted to “call it quits” on life (I woudn’t have, but I really wanted to!). Life is just too wonderful… and, of course, it’s always what you make of it, cliché as that sounds.


74 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2010

Wow this is soooo true!

” I also believe in Hemingway’s quote, “Never mistake motion for action.” There’s a difference between being busy and going round and round in circles, and actually taking action steps that move you in the direction of your dreams, even if that dream is simply happiness.”


75 Tina July 19, 2010

I would say blogging has been a glimmer of hope for me too. It originally started as something adult to do besides my regular day to day interactions as a stay at home mom. Now it is leading to passions that I didn’t even know I had.


76 Lauren M. July 19, 2010

In addition to the glimmers of happiness I posted earlier, I would like to add the GINORMOUS salad that I am currently eating as yet another glimmer of happiness. ;)


77 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2010

hahaha yesssss


78 traviesa July 19, 2010

I’ve struggled with bad depression almost my whole life. A few years ago, it seemed like I lost everything: my grandparents, my job, my apartment, my husband, and even my sense of freedom.

I retreated deep within myself, cried every day for years, and seriously wondered if there was even a point to going on. Stuck in a horrible cycle of wanting to eat to drown the pain, and not feeling good enough/too fat to eat, I once again made friends with bulimia (which I haven’t done now for probably 3-4 months).

I’m really not sure what happened, but at the beginning of this year things started looking up for me, if only slightly. Even though bad things still happen often, and I feel like I wish I could sink back into the half-life of my depression, I’ve managed to stay afloat.

One thing that really helps me has been hoopdance and hooping. It sounds strange and almost silly, but it really helps me to focus and center myself and feel good about myself at the same time. Never before have I been able to just live in the moment, but hooping does just that for me. I’m not sure I’ll ever go a day without thinking or feeling my depression at least a little bit, but knowing I can and will enjoy a moment of peace if I just pick up my hoop is enough to keep going.

After nearly 6 years of having no desire to do anything, I’ve finally found passion in certain things (hooping!) and actually have hobbies now. I actually want to live and do things, and now have a list of things I want to get into: belly dancing, yoga, etc. Just thinking of these things makes me want to keep going.


79 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2010

So happy to hear this, thanks for sharing!


80 Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches July 19, 2010

Honestly, blogging has become a huge glimmer of hope for me. I’m currently doing AmeriCorps service in a rather rough city, and constantly dealing with the crime and violence can really get me down. So it’s been wonderful to have this escape to air out my feelings and write about something I truly love: delicious food and healthy living. The blog has definitely helped me out on days when I’ve felt a little blue.


81 sarah beth July 19, 2010

During the past five years, I have gone through times of hardship and have had low points. I knew things were not right because the little things that usually made me happy, just weren’t doing it for me. I tried everything that usually made my soul float: singing, nature walks, friend hang outs…When none of these things did it, I created my Happiness Book. I created a journal in which I wrote down absolutely anything and everything that made me smile/happy. Even if it was something silly, I wrote it down. Eventually, I started to recognize the little things in life again. Now, when feeling down, I read it for the best mood lifter. :)


82 Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition July 19, 2010

I read Eat Pray Love this past year while I was traveling throughout India- it’s such an amazing and inspiring book. I creased the pages that I felt inspired by and there were so many! I love when she says in there that some people are totally content where they are and others have this itch to learn more and travel. I can totally relate to that! I have this strong desire to see what’s out there and to learn everything I can. She’s such an inspiration and I cant’ wait to see the movie!

Speaking of inspirations- you are mine also. I started blogging about a year ago when I started reading your blog. I dont’ remember how I found it but I could completely relate to your experience and I wanted to help and inspire people just like you did.

Thank You Angela- you’re and angel : )


83 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2010

Thank you that is so kind of you to say that! I love that quote too. I def. have the itch to travel and see the world.


84 Sarah July 19, 2010

I love this post! I definitely can relate to many parts of what you wrote. First, my glimmer of hope last summer after being laid off was starting my blog. It gave me a project and a way to connect and contribute to people which was something I really missed about being employed. Now, it’s a fun project where I get to be creative and share a passion that I have. I also found the quote about weight interesting. Something I heard long ago was a quote that went to the effect of saying “why do women concede power over their bodies and let society dictate how much space they take up in the world.” It’s a strong statement but always pops up into my mind. I get to decide how large my presence is in the world, physically and abstractly, and it’s not for others to decide. Happiness contributes to feeling confident to own this for me.


85 Emmanuelle July 19, 2010

Another wonderful and inspiring post Angela :-)
Glimmers of hope can be anything, for me it’s my boyfriend’s love, yoga, and I have to say the wonderful blogging community around the world.

As I am shifting my priorities and learning to define what I want and listen to myself, these glimmers of hope are my inspiration to keep going. I’ve learned so far that I don’t want to adapt and adjust to a “normal” life, it just doesn’t work for me. I know that at some point I will let go of my fear of the unknown, and jut take a leap of faith. I’m not in the place I want to be right now, but I’m working towards it, and the yoga teacher training I will be starting in September is the next step :-)


86 Maya July 19, 2010

I am all over those raw cookies. YUM.

I really like that passage from Eat, Pray, Love. I think we often feel that prioritizing personal happiness is selfish, but I agree with the perspective that it is our obligation to find beauty in the world and be happy.


87 Shamima Z. July 19, 2010

I loved Eat, Pray and Love and am currently reading the sequel Committed. One thing I have learned in life is you really do have to balance the practical while ensuring you are living your dreams and are happy. Life is so unpredictable. My father passed away at the age of 54 and that was a life lesson for me. It’s great to read inspiring books and to take what you can from it. I can’t say I am doing everything I want to do because of practical reasons but I can say that I always try to maintain a balance. I work for a non-profit organization for developing countries and this also keeps me mindful of all the opportunities available to me and all that I am grateful for!!


88 Lori July 19, 2010

I THOROUGHLY enjoyed that book. I mean, it gave me inspiration and hope and even a little culture. I was sad when the book ended. I even read it again, just to keep the uplifting feelings with me. I can’t wait to see the movie. I love how well you put the weight issue into perspective with her gaining back a glow- a life of her own. :)

Those cookies, well, they look amazing and they just may be made tonight! ;) Thanks so much for the recipe!


89 Cami July 19, 2010

Continuing from my story I shared with you yesterday… I do have glimmers of hope in my life right now, so I am glad you brought that up today! One of them is (again, very similar to yours) starting my blog. I have received a great response from friends and family and friends of friends and family. I had business cards made with my websites, and I decided to start offering some small services on the side that do not require a certification ( I also just help others get motivated to make the healthy change or give them menu ideas just for fun.

This is definitely my way of fulfilling my dream career for now. The response and encouragement that I have received is my glimmer of hope that one day I can be happy and successful following my dream career. Your story is also very inspirational to me since it seems so similar. I always enjoy reading your encouraging and inspiring thoughts.


90 Emily @ For Sweets Sake July 19, 2010

First of all, those cookies look delic! I’ll have to try them soon!

I love how blogging has been a glimmer of hope for so many people! I’m hoping it will do the same for me. I’ve had a lot of stress with joining the working world after graduation, not enjoying my work, adjusting to the fiance’s military lifestyle and I’m hoping my blog can start turning around my self image and hopefully bring a glimmer of hope into my life :) I love reading your blog every day. It always brings a smile to my face!


91 Faith @ lovelyascharged July 19, 2010

My blog came about as well at a time when I think I needed it the most; I was on the tail end of a relapse. Half of me wanted to commit 100% to becoming a healthy, happy woman and the other half was deathly scared to let go of two years worth of coping mechanisms – I was afraid to find out who I was beyond my eating disorder. I think it really helped me make the decision to kick all the insecurity and the disorder out of my life and embrace a balanced lifestyle. I’ve grown so much over these six months and I feel like I’ve done a complete 180 with my outlook and attitudes – I can’t wait to see where the blog sees me through next!


92 Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA July 19, 2010

I’ve been going through one of the hardest times of my life lately – the end of a five year relationship (not my choice, either), a long illness, and career struggles. But for the past several weeks this is exactly what I’ve been focusing on – trying to find the glimmers of happiness in my own life. Like Elizabeth Gilbert, I get happiness from studying foreign languages. It’s fun and challenging and it can really suck you in. I also get joy out of blogging and I have definitely been putting more time and thought into my posts in the last few weeks. Another joy is just learning – I got gift subscriptions to Wired and Fast Company magazines, and I love learning and reading about topics that I wouldn’t normally look into.


93 Stacey July 19, 2010


I’ve read your blog for a long time, but this is the first time I’ve ever commented. I’ve started making healthy changes to my life from reading your blog. I started adding spinach to my morning smoothies months ago and I made my first batch of Kale Chips yesterday (which may or may not have lead to three batches in one day…).

I have to say that your recent posts have sparked something inside of me. I have definitely been emotional the past few days. I feel like I’m still trying to find my spark. I know I haven’t been happy with my career or certain aspects of my life for a while now, but I dont even know where to begin. I have been on this one path for so long, I honestly feel like nothing sparks my interests or passion anymore. Reading your blog and knowing about your struggles (and success!) definitely gives me some hope that maybe one day I’ll also be able to break out and find my way.

Thank you for sharing your story and being an inspiration


94 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2010

Hi Stacey, Thank you for your comment. It really touches me that you have found inspiration through my writing. I wish you only happiness and success in your future plans, whatever you may decide. Just let your heart speak and make sure to listen!


95 Lisa (bakebikeblog) July 19, 2010

I really enjoyed this post – and hearing what everyone else had to say. When you mentioned “The blog was my glimmer of hope each day- a distraction from the unhappiness that I felt with my career choice. It was something so simple as writing a few words each day and hoping for that connection with others to help guide me though.” >> This really rang tru to me :)


96 michelle s July 19, 2010

running has made me so happy this summer. i love seeing progress and feeling so strong when i run a race. The last race i sprinted across the finish line and i was on a high for hours…. funny how much i love it. i would have never imagined this new passion at age 36 after having two kids. So it makes me feel excited about what else the future holds… rather than lamenting my age like i was a year ago. :-)


97 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2010

That is great…age really is just a number, right?!


98 Jodie July 19, 2010

i have to try that recipe.


99 [email protected]:// July 19, 2010

Those are like Larabars in a cookie, but even better and chunkier. I really have to get that book now. Another sign today that I must read this book is, we are selling the DVD of it at work. I opened up the box and there it was.

Someone is telling me that this book is very important for me to read, maybe life changing?


100 Rachel July 19, 2010

I have so many glimmers of hope in my life:
– My 1 year old daughter – her smile, her laugh, her pride, watching her discover new things, when she wraps her arms around me, when she lights up when she sees my face. She is my world and nothing else in life really matters than her health, happiness and safety. It puts a lot in perspective for me

– Simple things. I am surrounded by beauty and make sure I take the time to enjoy it all. I love the hot sun these days, driving with my windows down, being healthy enough to get out and work out…my life has really changed once I started to really be grateful for the little things in life


101 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 19, 2010

Italy was so fun, India was okay, then Bali was incredible. So hold on through India!


102 Brittany Tomren July 19, 2010

So I pretty much spend about 7 and a half of my 8 hour day at work on your blog and CANNOTTT stop talking about it. Girl, you make the day so much better!! I just read your races page and that pumped me up to go on my own now. Also I live in the okanagan (B.C) and was wondering if you ship glow products here?>


103 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 19, 2010

This raw cookie recipe is exactly what I was looking for. Yesterday I ran into an old high school teacher who told she she has cancer and has turned to a raw food diet to help her get better. I spent all last night looking for raw cookie recipes and these are perfect! :)

That’s too funny! I posted that exact quote from EPL on my blog a week or two ago because I was so struck by it. A few years ago when I was struggling with a bout of depression, working at a summer camp was my source of happiness. It felt awesome to have a purpose and spend all day playing with kids.


104 Liz July 19, 2010

Glimmers of happiness? I am sitting in my den typing this while my 2 year old dances and “sings” to the Wiggles while holding his stuffed bear. Need I say more? I think having children put many things into perspective for me. It is the little things, moments, that are to be treasured most. These are the things we remember. Before we had children, my husband and I did some traveling. It was wonderful, exciting and interesting, but does not nearly make my heart swell as much as when my four year old climbs into bed with us early in the morning to snuggle.

By the way, to all who feel that you must travel now before children, please do not feel discouraged if your circumstances do not permit you to do so at this time. Is it easier to do without children – oh yes – but once my children are a bit older, we fully plan on taking them on some adventures.


105 Laura July 19, 2010

I underlined this very section when I was reading (and re-reading) Eat, Pray, Love. What a powerful message! This passage reminds me of something my counselor said to me when I was in treatment for an eating disorder. I was telling her how mad I was that I no longer fit into my size 0 jeans. And she interrupted me and said, “Why would anyone ever want to be a zero?” As in “Why would anyone not want to take up space in this world?” That one comment resonated so deeply with me that as I continued to gain wait I saw it as a positive — I suddenly understood myself as DESERVING of taking up space. As women we continually diminish ourselves, in our relationships, at work and through our bodies. We preface our beliefs by saying, “This might be stupid, but…” or “This is a dumb question, but…” or even, “I think that…” Only when we acknowledge that we are deserving of space, an opinion and/or true pleasure can we open ourselves up to our true potential. For me true pleasure is a new book, a bowl of full fat ice cream eaten in slow, grateful bites and the sister-friends who make me laugh until I cry. Thank you Angela for reminding me of taking up space and pleasures and to always be kind to myself.


106 SP July 19, 2010

I went through some pretty dark times when I broke up with my boyfriend and he’d starting seeing someone, and I just couldn’t find it in myself to find my faith. What really helped me out was: Doing an insane amount of physical activity (running, pilates, yoga, dance, you name it, I took the class), cooking for myself, reading food blogs, solving other peoples’ problems, traveling to a different country, reading.
I did all of the above, and I felt the surge of hope every time I was absorbed in something.


107 Heather McClees July 19, 2010

Hi Everyone ! I love reading all of your posts. I went through a severe depression at 19 when I went off to college, lost my long term boyfriend, two best friends and my parents got divorced. I remember my glimmer of hope was learning how to like being alone. Now it is the number one thing favorite thing about myself. I can feel comfortable with just being me and learning the things I like to do, without the need for the companionship of others all the time.
My father recently passed away in May and I felt that depression starting to creep back in. At 25, it is hard to lose your father, especially when I consider all of the personal things my dad and I struggled with. My glimmer of hope through it all was my blog. I started the blog because I have always had a passion for health due to my own personal journey with health, and my desire to help others. At 19, I began having an intense passion for recipe creation but never knew what to do with it. Last year, I started sharing my recipes with readers through my blog, Millie’s Kitchen ( The day after my daddy died this May, I thought about what I wanted out of life and how it is so short. As a result, I threw myself into concentrating on writing for the blog and now my glimmer of hope is that I’ll one day write my own recipe book. The last meal I cooked for my dad was his favorite and he told me it was the best spaghetti he’d ever had. I’ll never forget that, or how much it meant.

Great responses you all:) Happy posting and I LOVE this recipe. I’ve got one of my own called Cookie Dough Coins that I love on the blog!

Heart and Soul,



108 Maria July 19, 2010

I am struggling with several things. First, I am in recovery from a severe case of anorexia, and it is hard break free of the horrible grasp of the sickness. Second, I am lonely. I don’t have friends, never have had, but I am hoping that this is going to change the more I learn to open up and let others in. Anorexia, in addition to all its other horrors, causes you to shut down completely, to revert to your own little twisted world.

My third, and perhaps biggest, concern is to do with the fact that I have been at university for four years, studying energy technology, and am only one year away from getting my Master’s in Science (Technology). And the concern that I have here is that I have recently realized that none of the jobs that this education has prepared me for seem the right ones for me. I do not want to sit in front of a computer for eight hours a day, be stressed out, and have no time for the things I actually want to do. I have no idea what I should do. My dream job would be something more creative, more free, but I am exhausted from having studied this long (this education programme has not been easy, I can guarantee you; it has been an excruciating amount of work) and don’t know if I have the energy to start studying again. All of this makes me scared to think about graduating, it makes me scared that I will have to spend my whole life doing something I have no interest in doing.

Thank you for this blog. It is such an inspiration.


109 Wei-Wei July 20, 2010

I don’t know what my glimmer of happiness is. Maybe it’s finding something, or someone, that I love and that accepts me. I really don’t know. I hope I find it soon.



110 Sarah July 20, 2010

I read this post with tears in my eyes, and identified with so many of the responses. I have had Chronic Lyme Disease since August of 1999 and it has destroyed me life in so many ways; in fact I’m going through a relapse right now. I married an awful man who made me feel guilty about my illness; thankfully I had the courage to leave him. There are times that I want it all to end, and I truly mean that. To my core sometimes its all too much, and I cannot envision living the rest of my life this way, especially since I am only 32. But I try to hold onto tiny things that get me through each moment (forget each day), like a vase of my favorite flowers….I guess I don’t have the answers, but that this is a continuous quest for everyone.

I love this blog and I’m so happy I found it!!


111 Suzanne July 21, 2010

Hi Alison,

I happened to have stumbled onto your blog a couple of days ago and have thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts. It has not been until reaching my thirties that I’ve found my “happy place” – realizing what is most important in my life finding the balance between love, friends, career and self. Lately a lot of this has been also attributed to a self-commitment to exercise and healthy eating – and subsequently feeling great! Your raw cookie recipe above sounds delicious and I can’t wait to try it. No excuses, since I appear to have everything I need in my pantry! I read “Eat, Pray, Love” a little while ago and was too inspired by Elizabeth’s journey. Please keep up your wonderful entries and I look forward to reading more :)



112 Tanya Kummerow July 21, 2010

I love what you said about pursuing something that you enjoy, even if it has no practical purpose. For me, everything I consider must have a practicality…but sometimes we just need to do things for ourselves without a reason other than making ourselves happy!


113 Bekah July 21, 2010

When I was reading this book I would see a quote that I liked and then write a memo in my blackberry, like “EPL: page 117 bottom paragraph” just so I’d remember how much I liked it!

Love the reliving these quotes in your posts!


114 Jazz July 23, 2010

Made these yest, and threw in some coffee beans… fantastic!


115 Becky Seling February 17, 2013

Hi. Hope this isn’t a repeat but wondering how many carbs? Thank you!


116 diane May 10, 2013

Excellent cookies! I was a little worried that the mix wouldn’t form into cookies, firmly squeezing the mix into balls did indeed work nicely. I plan to take some of the cookies on a hike where the “Energy Cookies” will be much needed. I substituted the cocoa nibs with crushed Andes Mints because that’s all that I had. I also didn’t have plain pepitas; mine were spicy. I love adding those to salads for a little kick in flavor. The substitutes worked well! Otherwise everything was raw. Thanks! Will certainly add these to my recipe binder! :)


117 Leigh November 12, 2013

These are fantastic, thank you!


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